Doing Collaborative Research in Psychology offers an engaging journey through the process of conducting research in psychology. Using an innovative team-based approach, this hands-on guide will assist undergraduates with their research—in their courses and in collaboration with faculty or graduate student mentors. The focus on this team-based approach reflects the collaborative nature of research methods and experimental psychology. Students learn how to work as a team, generate creative research ideas, design and pilot studies, recruit participants, collect and analyze data, write up results in APA style, and prepare and give formal research presentations. Students also learn practical ways in which they can promote their research skills as they apply to jobs or graduate school. A unique feature to this book is the ability to read chapters of the text either sequentially or separately, which allows the instructor or research mentor the flexibility to assign those chapters most relevant to the current state of the research project.

Research Write-Ups

Research write-ups

Seven Lessons (Plus or Minus Two)

  • Whether or not writing comes easily to you, mastering the subtleties of APA style is part of becoming a research psychologist.
  • The key to successful writing is to break the process up into small, manageable steps.
  • Collaborative writing is an iterative process, characterized by periods of solitary writing, peer editing, exchanging ideas, and team-based discussion.
  • Set deadlines, gather references, and outline your paper before you begin to write.
  • Every APA-style research paper has the same sections: Abstract, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, References.
  • When writing a collaborative paper, avoid giving ownership of sections to particular individuals. Instead, conduct round-robin editing, where team members trade sections and take turns adding to and editing content.
  • Seek formal feedback from ...
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